First, these three books were amazingly well written, and I loved them.
These books should have been titled “Katniss Everdeen ends a couple of tyrants while a completely useless asshole and a somewhere less useless jerk pout because she won’t fuck either of them.”
Peeta is far more likable in the books, but there are several places where he comes off as a jerk. Like, dude, Katniss saved your freaking life at least twice, and you’re going to give her shit because she didn’t fall in love with you while she was doing it? That said, he gets better in book two and book three.
Gale Hawthorne is a total and complete asshole. Like, dude, your unrequited feelings are your fucking problem, and punishing Katniss for doing what it takes to survive is bullshit. You are the embodiment of the word Fuckboy, and I spent most of book three hating the fact that I knew you didn’t die in the end.
Finnick Odair did nothing wrong in his entire like, and I love him. I knew it was coming, and I was still miserable when he died.
Poor, poor Johanna. I am really, terribly sad that we never found out what happened to her after Katniss shot Coin. I kind of wanted her to show up in District Twelve and for her and Katniss to turn into crazy old cat ladies together.
I loved the fact that the traumas these people have been through actually affected them. I loved the bit with Finnick, Katniss and Peeta tying knots. I loved “Real or not real”. I loved the scene where Johanna is sitting there considering becoming a morphling addict. I love that there’s no magic cure for Haymitch’s drinking problem, and at the end of the story, he’s still an alcoholic, and Peeta still has flashbacks, and Katniss still has nightmares and depression.
I loved these books, but man, I wanted to punch pretty much everyone in the face at some point for the way they treated Katniss, with the notable exceptions of Johanna, Finnick, Paylor, Castor and Pollux, Cenna, Rue, Greasy Sae, Prim Mags, and Wiress.
consider: post-mockingjay, annie and finnick’s son has a “bring your dad” day coming up at school. since his biological father passed away before he was born, he asks johanna to go with him to school on that day. johanna, who’s spent a lot of time in district four helping raise annie’s son, is absolutely moved and honored, and she gladly agrees to go as his dad.